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City Steeple, City Streets: Saints' Tales From Granada And A Changing Spain
by Candace Slater
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Candace Slater's new book focuses on narratives concerning Fray Leopoldo de Alpandeire (1864-1956), a Capuchin friar from Granada and probably the most popular nonconsecrated saint today in all of Spain. In tracing the emergence of a group of contemporary legends about Fray Leopoldo, Slater discusses both the stories she tape-recorded in the streets of Granada and the friar's official biography. She underscores the essential pluralism of the tales, their undercurrent of resistance to institutional authority, and their deep concern for the relationship between past and present. Bearing witness to the subtlety and resilience of even the most apparently conservative folk-literary forms, these stories are not only about the role of saints and miracles in an increasingly secular and industrial society but, first and foremost, also about the legacy of the Franco years.
From the Inside Flap
"Extremely exciting for the field of Spanish and European cultural studies, which . . . has tended to overlook issues of the religious imagination, narrative, and folklore."--Ruth Behar, author of Santa Maria del Monte: The Presence of the Past in a Spanish Village
From the Back Cover
"Extremely exciting for the field of Spanish and European cultural studies, which . . . has tended to overlook issues of the religious imagination, narrative, and folklore." (Ruth Behar, author of Santa Maria del Monte: The Presence of the Past in a Spanish Village)
About the Author
Candace Slater is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley. Her two previous books, Stories on a String: The Brazilian Literatura de Cordel and Trail of Miracles: Stories from a Pilgrimage in Northeastern Brazil, are published by California, as is her translation of the poetry of Manuel Bandeira, This Earth, That Sky. Stories on a String is now available in paperback.
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